Growler Manufacturing and Engineering



Growler was formed in 1999 through the founding of Utility Vehicles Inc., as an Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) design and marketing company. Our initial focus was converting military vehicles for civilian or foreign military needs. This involved the design of new innovative frames and bodies and remanufacturing legacy drive trains from military vehicles purchased through surplus sales. Our off-road vehicles were produced and sold commercially in the US, and to foreign governments desiring rugged proven vehicles capable of being used for military applications.

As our business continued to grow, Growler focused on the design and manufacturing of new special purpose vehicles. In 2004, we were awarded a contract to produce over 600 Internally Transported Vehicles (ITVs), Light Attack Vehicles (LAVs). As Growler continued to grow, we purchased new manufacturing facilities in Robbins NC and expanded our core capabilities to compete for new workload.


In 2007, as part of our growth, Growler expanded into a HUBZone in Star NC. The core focus of our Star facility is military vehicles and trailer manufacturing, including special mission trailer manufacturing (DOT certified trailer manufacturer), transportation equipment manufacturing, aircraft ground support equipment manufacturing, and engineering services.

In 2010, we continued our growth with the purchase of our Media and Coatings Facility. A climate controlled industrial media facility with drive through media removal, coatings booths, and powder coating ovens, provide us the capabilities to produce traditional urethane coatings to advanced coatings such as Thermal Sprays, Zinc Rich primers, CARC, and other coatings. Our media and coatings facility provides us the capability to support all vehicle, trailer and ground support operations.


Currently Growler owns four (4) facilities comprising over 134,000 square feet of production and warehousing space. Our Star Facility comprises 34,000 square feet with 30,000 square feet of production space, and two (2) acres of improved and semi improved surfaces.


Our Robbins facility comprises 50,000 square feet of production facility, 54 acres of improved and semi improved surfaces, with a 49 acre test track.

Our Ether facility is our main media and coatings facility and comprises 34,000 square feet of production facility. All our industrial media, coatings booths, and ovens are climate controlled and meet or exceed OSHA, EPA, NFPA, State and Federal requirements. Our media and coatings facility has a total of 6 acres of improved and semi improved surfaces.


Our Biscoe facility is used for warehousing and overflow of production components. Biscoe allows us to expand and contract our operations based on contractual requirements. Our warehousing facility is 16,000 square feet, with 2 acres of improved and semi improved surfaces.


All our production and warehousing facilities are located in a 15 miles radius, and all facilities are linked to current production requirements.